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Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

York County reported eight new COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday as infection rates continue to drop across the county and the rest of the U.S. 

Since the start of the pandemic, York County has recorded 116,773 cases and 1,420 total deaths, according to the state Department of Health. That includes just 70 new cases recorded since Tuesday.

COVID-19 transmissions dropped dramatically in York County over the last several weeks, coming off a spike of infections driven by the omicron variant. As with cases, hospitalizations have been steadily declining across York County.

According to state data, county hospitals had a total of 83 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday, down two from Tuesday. Of those, 20 adults were in the ICU, and 16 were on ventilators.

The trends in York County are reflected throughout the U.S., with the rate of new cases dropping dramatically nationwide. This is giving some major companies the confidence to lift their COVID-19 restrictions. 

According to an Associated Press report, Tyson Foods said Tuesday it was ending mask requirements for its vaccinated workers in some facilities. Walmart and Amazon — the nation’s No. 1 and 2 largest private employers respectively — will no longer require fully vaccinated workers to don masks in stores or warehouses unless required under local or state laws.

Tech companies like Microsoft and Facebook that had allowed employees to work fully remote are now setting mandatory dates to return to the office after a series of fits and starts.

“There has been a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases across the country over the past weeks,” Amazon told workers in a memo. “Along with increasing vaccination rates across the country, this is a positive sign we can return to the path to normal operations.”

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York County has the second-highest daily cases per capita among its neighboring counties, with 30 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. Cumberland County is slightly higher with 31 daily cases per capita. 

However, York County is also seeing a decreasing rate of new cases, at a level on par with its immediate neighbors.

  • York County: 71% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 64% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 73% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 68% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 69% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Philadelphia: 59% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • New York City: 62% decrease in cases over the last 14 days

Only 54% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state. That figure is 75% statewide. Twenty-five percent of York County residents received a booster shot.

Across Pennsylvania, the state has recorded 2,731,855 COVID-19 cases and 42,533 total deaths throughout the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.